6 Super Sleepover Ideas

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“Please can I have a sleepover?” it is a question that fills every parent with dread. A house full of kids running rampant and not sleeping until the wee small hours is enough to put any parent off.

But with a little pre-planning and some snazzy games up your sleeve, a sleepover party can actually be quite enjoyable for you too!

A sleepover party is possibly one of the most exciting ways of celebrating a birthday for an older child or teenager. But it can be stressful having a gaggle of kids spending the night.

We’ve found six super ideas that will hopefully change your mind.

 

1) PJs and toothbrushes

We came across a great idea for a sleepover party that included pre-filled party bags that were useful for the guests during the party, as well as after.

As well as buying stylish matching PJs, the party guests also had a pre-filled bag with a small tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a sleeping masks and a few other items that are essential when sleeping away from home.

When the guests left, they got to keep everything. Admittedly, if you are on a budget, it may blow it out of the water buying so many sets of identical PJs but a great idea nevertheless.

It also contained a small card with sleepover rules – all lights out by 11 and everyone down for breakfast by 9!

 

2) Theme it

The one thing about sleepovers is that they can bring chaos to a household. And so, giving the party a theme is one way of getting some kind of grip of the chaos, as tentative it may be.

There are all kinds of themes, but we find that one that really works is to hit the kids hard as soon as they arrive, to help blunt the edges of their over-excited enthusiasm.

And that means a ‘rave’, with glow sticks and spangly bangles, and glow-in-the-dark face paints! Relive the 80s with your young guests!

 

3) Get crafty

Crafts are a great way of pulling the group together. Great for girl parties, there are some great ideas for making their own beauty products.

Possibly one of the easiest is for your party guests to create their own lip gloss. Relatively inexpensive and you don’t need any special equipment either, a small tub of homemade lip gloss is ideal for popping in pre-filled party bags too (because why make life harder for yourself?!).

Encourage them to come up with a wacky name for their branded lip gloss too, similar to those found on perfumes and other beauty products.

 

4) Movie night

Another great way to keep a handle on a sleepover party is a movie night – but be warned, you need to order more than one movie on your Netflix account.

Choosing this as a theme also means that your guests can come as a favourite character from the movies or as a character from one of the movies they are going to watch.

Have plenty of popcorn and drinks on standby. Better still, create the all-American diner experience with an all-you-can-eat buffet in the kitchen.

For younger guests, why not invite them to come dressed in their finest, walking the red carpet to your door as they enjoy ‘paparazzi’ attention? Also a great for older kids who can self-regulate their excitement a little better…

 

5) Nail bar

In some ways, a sleepover party is nightmarish because the adult supervision and interaction can be limited to adults, desperate for sleep. And so, when you agree to a sleepover, you are agreeing to spend some time with your guests.

And that means having an activity that you can use to interact and enjoy together. A bit like the get crafty theme and the lip gloss, the nail bar idea is much the same.

Pulling the group together and giving them a manicure, complete with a nail polish colour of their choice is a great way of reinforcing the rules… you just need to decide what they are.

Additional tip – beauty spa at home is also a great theme! Use slices of cucumber to rest the eyes and hypoallergenic face masks for the ultimate in sleepover treatments.

 

6) Photobooth

A party is about doing something different and something fun – and is there anything better than enjoying the attention of posing for photos.

After they’ve had their nails done, or their facial has been enjoyed, bring out the photo booth, complete with a tinselly backdrop for amazing photographs.

 

7) PJs and toothbrushes

We came across a great idea for a sleepover party that included pre-filled party bags that were useful for the guests during the party, as well as after.

As well as buying stylish matching PJs, the party guests also had a pre-filled bag with a small tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a sleeping mask and a few other items that are essential when sleeping away from home.

When the guests left, they got to keep everything. Admittedly, if you are on a budget, it may blow it out of the water buying so many sets of identical PJs but a great idea nevertheless.

It also contained a small card with sleepover rules – all lights out by 11 and everyone down for breakfast by 9!